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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-11 09:38 AM
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Wish TV Channel 8 coverage of yesterday's protest at the State House
I was watching the news late last night and they were discussing the rally that took place yesterday and I thought that the spin that they put on the rally was really negative towards the protestors. The coverage focused on interviews that they conducted with several people who appeared to not know anything about the legislation being proposed or that the "right-to-work" bill had been killed. The political analyst (Shella) seemed to suggest that since a lot of the participants had been bused in from surrounding states and that the rally wasn't as big as had been suggested, the Republicans could basically afford to ignore them. At any rate, they've said that they're not planning on changing their agenda in the slightest. Did anybody else see and feel the same way about the coverage (or was my brain just tired at that point and I was just reading things into the coverage)? It seemed heavily spun against the protestors. :shrug:

Here's the online news link that hits some of these points: http://indiana.onpolitix.com/news/39041/at-least-8000-p...
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Jokerman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-11 10:52 AM
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1. WISH has a noticeable conservative bias.
I gave up on them completely when they hired that crook Brizzi as a "political consultant".
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wclarkfan_1978 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 05:56 PM
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7. +1
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LittleGirl Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-11 12:19 PM
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2. Can't stand that station
I would ignore their commentary.

Little Girl in Indy
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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-11-11 01:08 PM
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3. Thanks
I think I will from now on. I'm glad that I wasn't just imagining things. The bias against the protestors seemed pretty blatant for a non-Fox News news source. I'm not even sure that our local Fox affiliate (Fox 59) is even THAT biased.
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wclarkfan_1978 Donating Member (50 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-18-11 06:02 PM
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8. same here
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-12-11 10:53 AM
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4. Shella should know better spinning that RTW was killed.
He has been around a long time to know that they could still slip RTW into another bill.
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Proud Liberal Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-15-11 03:42 PM
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6. Exactly
Until the legislative session is over, anything could be resurrected.
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hermetic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-15-11 09:04 AM
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5. Thousands of union members rally
against Republican agenda at Statehouse

By Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 | Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:15 pm

INDIANAPOLIS | Braving frigid temperatures and gusty winds, thousands of Indiana union workers filled the Statehouse grounds Thursday to rally against a Republican agenda they say will reduce wages and benefits for Hoosiers.

"We're here to preserve the American dream and hold these politicians responsible. They're trying to pull the carpet out from under these hardworking American citizens," said Mike Evans, a member of Painters and Allied Trades Union, Glazers Local 1165, Merrillville.

Union workers wearing colorful shirts packed the west side of the Statehouse with the crowd stretching more than a block to the north, west and south. Organizers of the "We Are Indiana" rally estimated the crowd's size at more than 20,000 people, while Indiana State Police pegged attendance at 8,000.

Either figure would make the rally among the largest Statehouse protests and coupled with the daily rallies that have continued for the past three weeks inside the Statehouse, it shows union labor will not be ignored, said Nancy Guyott, president of the Indiana AFL-CIO.

"It was our hands, our tears, our toil that built this state, and we're not going to stand idly by while out-of-state special interests try to take it away from us," Guyott said. "By God, we are going to fight for our state."

Jim O'Rourke, of Hanna, and Eric Snell, of Gary, members of Teamsters Local 142 in Gary, held a large sign reading, "Hey GOP, we're awake now. We will never forget. See you at the ballot box."

The source of the controversy are a dozen measures pending in the Republican-controlled General Assembly that among other things would limit collective-bargaining rights for teachers and permanently prohibit collective-bargaining for state employees.

The legislation also would restrict the use of project labor agreements on public works projects and prevent local governments from setting a minimum wage higher than the state minimum.

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/state-and-regional/indiana...
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